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Automobile Theft

The act of stealing a motor vehicle from its proper owner or user. Many automobiles are stolen so the thieves can sell the parts. Other times, a car may be stolen for illicit purposes such as drug running. Car insurance often protects against automobile theft.
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The number of automobile thefts in India has been on the rise.
Maria Marisela Canales Aguilar, a leader with La Familia Michoacana, specialized in automobile thefts in Mexico City, Mexico state, and Puebla.
Dumariya (Bihar), Mar 23 (ANI): Maoists conducted a public court here to punish four thieves caught in connection with automobile thefts in the state.
For example, Nassau Community College reported 36 crimes on campus in 2001, up from 32 in 2000 and nine in 1999--almost all of which were burglary and automobile thefts.
Automobile thefts have decreased noticeably as more cars are equipped with systems to protect them from being stolen, the Marine and Fire Insurance Association of Japan said Monday.
Insurance benefit payouts rose 1.1% to 3,765.2 billion yen as a result of a rise in automobile thefts and rain damage to houses springing from heavy rainfall that pounded districts in the Tokai region in central Japan last September.
In response to this mandate, the National Institute of Justice commissioned a study to determine whether antitheft labels have substantially reduced automobile thefts. One part of the evaluation examines the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data on automobile theft rates based on information from the FBI's National Crime Information Center and the DOT's insurer database.
- peak hours for automobile thefts. Comstat, a GIS mapping system, allows precincts in New York and other cities to map crime hot spots.
Not one thing was done about high legal expenses, medical cost inflation, auto repair cost increases, automobile thefts, the drunks on our nation's highways or the tremendous inefficiencies in our legal system.
Deputy Trade Secretary Raul Ramos Tercero said the purpose of the program is primarily to help prevent automobile thefts, which have become a major problem in Mexico.
According to figures from the Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS), automobile thefts in the State grew by 96 percent, from approximately 83,000 in 1980 to over 163,000 in 1991.(3) Although vehicle theft generally had been considered a problem plaguing the large cities of north and central Texas, it also had become a common crime in the small cities and towns of south Texas along the Rio Grande Valley in recent years.
Automobile thefts decreased from 2,284 to 1,412, or 38 percent.